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Fabian Zhilla

Visiting Scholar 2016-2017

Residency Dates: August 31, 2016 - February 28, 2017


Fabian Zhilla

Fabian Zhilla is a Lecturer of Law and Ethics at the Canadian Institute of Technology in Tirana, Albania and a Lead Researcher of the “Study of Organised Crime” Research Unit of the Open Society Foundation in Albania. He received his Ph.D. in Law from King’s College London in 2012 and was previously a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University and George Washington University. His current research is on the interplay between judicial corruption and organised crime in the Western Balkans.

As a Fulbright Fellow at CES, Dr. Zhilla will focus on the impact of the European Union (EU) policies in strengthening the rule of law and minimizing judicial corruption in Albania. The research aims to understand why powerful drivers such as EU policies have faced resistance from corrupt judges and policy-makers despite considerable EU political investment on judicial reforms in the region.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Associate Professor of Law & Ethics, Canadian Institute of Technology, Tirana


  • Fabian Zhilla & B. Lamallari, “Albanian Organised Crime Groups”, in: Trends in Organised Crime, 18, (329-347, 2015).
  • Fabian Zhilla, “High Price: Albania’s trade in illegal drugs and arms”, in: Jane’s Intelligence Review, August 2014.
  • Fabian Zhilla, “Fatal Attraction: Foreign Criminal Networks in Albania”, in: Jane’s Intelligence Review, March 2012.
  • Fabian Zhilla, “Organised Crime and Judicial Corruption: Are Customary Norms Playing Any Role?” in: Journal of Financial Crime, vol. 18, no. 4 (387-404, 2011).

Other Material

Law and Ethics

Areas of Expertise:
Organized crime
Cyber crime

Research Topic:
Patterns of Judicial Corruption in the Western Balkans with case study Albania